Anuga Trade Show in Cologne: Photo essay on South African exhibitors
(Editor: Alex Smit-Stachowski is speaking in her column about life as a South African now living in Germany. The South African journalist lives in Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia/ Germany).
The Anuga Trade Show in Cologne is the largest trade show for the food service and catering market in the world. Alexandra Smit-Stachowski visited the South African pavilion and spoke to a few exhibitors.
© The Anuga Trade Show was held in Cologne recently. The South Africa Pavilion saw 40 exhibitors offering a wide range of products from sorbet sushi to ready-made African fast food.
© Business was brisk at Anuga in Cologne. Germany is one of South Africa’s main trading partners – imports to Germany were estimated at €350-million. Russia is also an important business source for South Africa.
© Famous Oudtshoorn chef Gerbrandt van Deventer of the Bello Cibo restaurant prepared ostrich burgers and steaks for visitors to the Klein Karoo stand at the South African pavilion at Anuga recently.
© Brenda Wilkinson and Rio Largo produce award-winning extra virgin olive oil which is produced in the Western Cape. They use biological farming methods of sustainable agriculture and uses 5kg olives for one litre oil.
© Colin Lyall was on hand at the Anuga in Cologne to show off their jams (including grapefruit and pawpaw), pestos, chutneys and jellies which hail from Port Elizabeth.
© Manie Maritz of Dynamic Commodities had already pioneered fruit shells and a range of sorbets when he was making sushi and came up with the idea to make sorbet sushi, Soshi. Light, refreshing and delicious – it looks like this could become a hot trend!
© Siceron Vudhla of Maximacs attended the Anuga in Cologne. Germany is the largest consumer of South African macadamia nuts and Maximacs is based in Durban.
© A positive treat for anyone with a sweet tooth – self-taught cook Tracy Foulkes and her business partner of Nomu came up with foolproof cake mixes to add to their extensive range. Nomu exhibited at Anuga in Cologne.
© Doris Lily Mallaun shot to fame because of her Mama Africa sauce range which she sold. Now she is behind the sauces, condiments and oils of Great Heart of Africa, based in Umhlanga Rocks.
© Samantha Skyring introduced trade show visitors to Oryx Desert Salt, harvested from a farm in the Kalahari from rock formations geo-scientifically tested to be be 250 million years old. The sundried salt is unrefined and unprocessed.
© Husband and wife team, Tim and Debbie Alcock gave German visitors a taste of Africa at their Burchells Foods stand at Anuga. Their Gourmet Africa range offer readymade African dishes from all over the continent.
© Every time German visitors stay over at a Southern Sun or Garden Court hotel, they get delicious two complimentary Khayelitsha Cookies. This empowering company employs 50 women who handbake 30,000 cookies daily.
© Jacques Talpert of Barbeque Rib Manufacturers (BRM) was in Cologne at the Anuga to invite guests to try their delicious ribs. Germans will be able to taste these soon as BRM is setting up a sister firm in Holland to supply ribs to Europe.
© Shelley Barnard runs eat.art from Westlake in Cape Town. Her varied gifts include flavoured salts and are very good for corporate events. She exhibited at the Anuga Trade Show recently.
© Karin Liebenberg, Director of South African General Consulate in Munich chats to Durban-based exhibitor Zameer Mohammed about his instant milkshakes (lime, choc-mint, bubblegum, vanilla and many other flavours – even for diabetics) at the Anuga Trade Show in Cologne.